Zaman: “They were going to turn Nevruz bloody,” was the headline of the main story, covering the discovery of 15 kilograms of plastic explosives by counterterrorism police in İstanbul’s Bayrampaşa district. The excavations are being carried out as part of an investigation into the Kurdish Communities Union (KCK) based on the testimony of a recently captured member of the KCK. One of the five individuals taken into custody said the explosives were intended to be used during Nevruz celebrations, which will be held on March 21.
Milliyet: “If I could be born again, I wouldn’t want to be a woman,” read the headline of a front-page story of the daily, emphasizing that women’s issues and problems marked this year’s International Women’s Day. The daily relayed the results of a questionnaire conducted by the A&G research company. Based on answers from 3,252 women in 42 cities, the results show 46 percent of married responders had suffered violence within their relationship, a figure which dropped to 16.2 percent for women who had attended university. A total of 67.9 percent of all responders said men use violence in order to subjugate women.
Posta: “Till the end of the world,” led the story of flight attendant Serkan Tınç’s farewell to his wife, Nergis Tınç, who died in a traffic accident on Thailand’s Phuket Island, a popular holiday destination. The husband, still wearing his wedding ring, cried continuously while his wife’s body was buried at an İstanbul cemetery. Tınç and her husband were on a late honeymoon after getting married in May of last year. Serkan Tınç survived the accident with only minor injuries.